A Temptation of Angels

A Temptation of Angels

by Michelle Zink


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When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself town between one of the brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

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ISBN-13: 9780803737266
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 03/20/2012
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.52(h) x 1.43(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Michelle Zink (michellezink.com) is the author of the highly acclaimed Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. Michelle think of her latest novel, A Temptation of Angels, as “Sexy Victorian / Steampunk lite.” She says, “It has all the elements that are important to me as a writer, but it’s sexy and edgy and action-packed, too.” Michelle lives in New York with her four children.

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A Temptation of Angels 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
rachelnaddeo More than 1 year ago
I know, I know, another angel-themed novel but I'm just a sucker for these, please don't hold it against me! But really who could resist the beautiful cover and the already enthralling synopsis? Even though I've read many negative reviews to this novel, I can't say I agree with most of them. A Temptation of Angels delivered what was expected of it, a most-pleasant read. The story starts off rather fast, already full of action, mystery and drama. Meaning the novel kept me hooked from page one. Helen, a completely ordinary girl who is home-schooled by her parents, has to unexpectedly escape her home and leave her family behind. The only things she could take with her were: her necklace, which her mother said to never take it off, and a piece of paper with an unknown name and address written on it which leads her to two peculiar brothers, Griffin and Darius. What Helen doesn't know is that she is no ordinary girl and that her life is about to change forever. Have you ever read I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore? Well, the plot reminded me a bit of it but instead of nine aliens being hunted and murdered, in this novel there are twenty and they are angels. I loved the uniqueness in the story involving its angel lore, for example this part of the plot: the Dictata, who chose twenty angels to look after planet Earth and one of these angels has the key to the desired records, which show Earth's past, present and future enabling the holder of the key to change the course of history. But I guess I would have loved to know more about the Dictata and the Syndicate (the enemy) since they were more in the background of the story. I loved how Zink's characters were all one of a kind. Helen was a determined and strong girl but somehow I didn't like her that much. Griffin, by far my favorite, was sweet and charming, wasn't in any way the perfect prince charming. The author had a way of showing each character's weaknesses and strengths, making her characters the more realistic and as a result more likable. Darius and Anna could have been more present and I hoped that we would get to know more about them but I wasn't bothered that much when that didn't happen. Raum was another character that was so conflicted and complicated but still relatable and lovable, that even now I can't decide if I liked him or disliked him. Overall A Temptation of Angels was a great read that delivered everything I was expecting of it: mysteries, action, drama and a sweet romance. Even though the novel slowed its pace towards the end of the story, the book still captivated me and I recommend to anyone who likes novels with great characters and a lore-related plot.
ErinLM More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I was so excited when it came out and I could wait to read it. It puts an interesting and fascinating spin on the stories of angels and demons. I connected quickly with each of the characters. I seriously couldn't put this book down. I was completely riveted the entire time I was reading it and just had to know what was going to happen to Helen next. It's an incredibly intense, very emotional read and I loved every minute of it.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars A Temptation of Angels was so very different from what I imagined it to be, but Michelle Zink is a fantastic storyteller and truly knows how to capture a reader. The story starts off very quickly and with a lot of punch. Sixteen year old Helen gets instantly thrown into a world that she was oblivious to; her parents are dead, she’s all alone, and she discovers she is one of a few people who help protect humankind. Yeah, it’s a little bit overwhelming. Helen finds herself some companions in brothers Griffin and Darius though. They are complete opposites, but each offers her some great advice…and maybe a little something more. Their history, mingled with Helen’s, is a tragedy all in itself, but they’re part of a bigger picture. The Dictata is complicated and full of mystery and it’s a story all in itself figuring it out. The crimes against the Dictata, and the murders of its members, hit Helen, Griffin, and Darius very close to home. Enter in the bad guy…Raum…he’s supposed to be evil, but I couldn’t hate him. In fact, I find his side of everything to be understandable; not right, but I get him. He’s kind of an enigma in the grand scheme of things. The almost love triangle that forms is very strong (at least to me) from his side. My one qualm with the book is that it comes off as too simple. The Dictata sounds complicated, as is The Legion (bad guys), but the focus is more on Helen. She’s important, don’t get me wrong, but I would have liked more about the bigger picture and less about her and her love life. Griffin is nice enough, but his instant love for Helen threw me a bit. A Temptation of Angels is an easy read with a historical setting that is a bit vague, but still very much old world London. The setting, the language, and the descriptions are something that I normally shy away from, but I really enjoyed it. Michelle Zink has once again produced a story that is worth reading, but more than that, it is engrossing. It’s not to be missed.
AmysSimpleLove More than 1 year ago
Michelle Zink wove an incredible beginning to a fascinating new series. Steampunk and a tease of angels and demons fill the pages, and even though the story moves at a slower pace it was a page-turner and non-stop action. World building contributed to the slow pace, but I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, the romance and Michelle's attention to detail. I would have liked to see a little more of the supernatural aspect of the story, but I'm sure that will come with future installments in the series. The mature voice of the narrator lends the story a true Victorian England era vibe. I loved the fact that this book did not follow the typical YA mold: love triangles. We are led to believe that there is the prospect of one on the horizon, only that is not the case: Helen knows exactly where her heart resides. All-in-all, Helen was a strong independent character that I look forward to reading more of in the future.
bookchelle More than 1 year ago
I have heard nothing but great things about Michelle Zink’s writing. It is always nice to get a recommendation for an author, instead of just a book. It speaks so much louder than anything, in my mind. It tells a lot about an author when their fans will gush about their writing style and the reading experience when reading that author’s work. Michelle Zink’s A Temptation of Angels is my first book by Michelle Zink. My good friend Caitlin from whatchYAreading has urged me to read Zink’s books since we first met. I know, I am really late to the game, but that’s okay! It was well worth the wait. Zink brings a new spin to the paranormal story of angels. I was instantly drawn to the concept of angelic descendants and the protection they bring to the mortal world. I was instantly drawn to the world that Zink created, with every finite detail that was shown to me through her carefully thought out words. The beginning few pages were a great way to grab my attention. From the instant explosive adrenaline rush, I was hooked. I instantly connected to the heroine, Helen. Her innocence and lack of knowledge drew out my sympathy. But seeing her transform was something that I really enjoyed. It wasn’t really a coming-of-age story, but more like coming into her own. Helen has a unique personality and Zink voiced her perfectly. I knew who Helen was supposed to be and the fierce strength that she developed. A Temptation of Angels has a great cast of characters. Each one plays an integral part of the story, as well as in Helen’s life. Each moment in the book allowed for the characters to develop into their own leading characters, without being muddled in the background. I enjoyed learning about their past and am anxious to know about their futures. I love how Zink wrote this in an alternate universe, setting it in Victorian London. I love how the world is familiar, but still fresh and new. I appreciate the details woven throughout the book, enough so that I would reread a few scenes just to fully take in the moment. A Temptation of Angels was a fantastic book to add to my shelf of favorites. The culture of the Keepers, the thrill and excitement of the hunted, as well as the love story developed between two old friends and two new ones…well it was a perfect story filled with fantasy and wonder. I highly suggest picking this up.
redleocat1 More than 1 year ago
Michelle Zink (Prophecy of the Sisters Series) continues to write beautiful, tantalizing novels. Her latest; A Temptation of Angels is a wicked combination of Angels, a Strong female protag, and Historical Fiction that you won't be able to put it down. You'll love Helen Cartwright! Helen has good head on her shoulders, she doesn't fall head over heels for a guy or let it clutter up her thoughts. She's a girl on a mission. I'm just gonna say it, she is AWESOME! Loved her bravery and tenacity. She's up there with the other fierce leading ladies. There is a guy...well three! Griffin and his brother Darius. Think of them as Sam and Dean from The TV show Supernatural.They're just as clever and tough as them. But then we have Raum, who I'm kind of on the fence about, his intentions aren't clear but actions speak louder then words and he's is good in my book(for now.) I really liked Zink's secondary characters as well, Anna. Which I'm sure there's something going on between her and Darius. There's more to their story and I dying to know! I've always loved Zink's writing and story telling. She never disappoints, with A Temptation of Angels I was totally surprised and blown away. The plot is exhilarating, fulled with dynamic characters and an intriguing new world. The awesome-ness will appeal to teens across the board, I'm sure of it. The 1st book in a riveting new series, introducing the strong heroine Helen Cartwright, which will satisfy teens looking for action, romance and adventure. It's addicting! *review taken from Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I loved it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this but wish there was a sequel or if there is one Mrs. Zink would kindly hurry and finish it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I liked the love triangle and the plot and stuff. I would recomend this book if you like to read about romance and angels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, so its another winner in my book. Ya'll probably think I never say ANYTHING negative about any books.....,not true!!!!! I'm actually 1 harsh chiqa! I loved the story (period). It was unique, riveting from the first few pages. Iblove a good story that sucks you in right away! I fell in love with Griffin the moment I saw....errrrr read about him! But then thete's Raum......sigh!!!! It ended too fast!
mrsinserra1 More than 1 year ago
When I was about 75 pages in; the book was moving, but it was a bit confusing. There were quite a few characters to remember and there had been a few events that didn't really make sense yet. I was hoping that the story picked up and that I would enjoy the book in the end and I did. This is yet another take on Angels and their role in the world. It is not religious really, not like other Angel books I have read, but the concept of Angels as warriors is biblical. Though the story was muddled and confusing in the beginning, after a couple more events, things started to make more sense and the book became more enjoyable. There is both action and romance in this book. Like many other books, the heroine is torn between two guys, one is good and kind, the other has done many bad things, but stopped because he loved her. At least in this novel, Helen makes a choice. No, I am not going to tell you who or what happens, that is for you to find out when you read the book. I enjoyed the character development and would like to see more of these characters, though I have not been able to find if there will be more, or if this is a standalone novel. There is an ending of sorts to this book, enough that you are left feeling happy and contented, but there is still enough openness that more could be written. There are not many open questions at the end, which is a good thing in my opinion. It bugs me when books are totally left hanging, like the author wasn't sure where the story was going to go and so they stopped at a point, published the book, and decided after sales whether to write more. Positives: It has an ending. Helen actually makes decisions. The characters are pretty developed, but there is enough left unknown that more novels could be written. After a confusing start, it is fast paced. There is romance. Helen is a good role model; she is strong, independent, caring, understanding, compassionate, and brave. There is no sex. It is a longer book, and a lot happens. There is a pretty tidy ending, but everything bad that happened in the story does not get fixed. I hate too perfect of endings, kind of annoying. Negatives: see my blog (below) I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read. I would recommend this story for girls grades 7 through adult, I don't think a boy would be as engrossed with this story. Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com
LoveBooks222 More than 1 year ago
So Good!!!!!
spammie1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I won this book from the LibraryThing Early review group. This was the only book I wanted to receive. The story sounded like something I would really enjoy. Unfortunately this book turned out to be quite a let down. As I was reading the book I kept waiting for the story to get interesting. I couldn't understand what was causing the story to seem so flat even though quite a lot was going on. After a while I figured out that there was just too many holes in the story. The author would set up a premise but give no reason for it, there was no logic in how the characters acted. There was no explanations of what the "Keepers" did to protect the world. You just had 3 teenagers who did some fighting now and then but you never had any understanding of how they were supposed to keep the world spinning peacefully. Also, as the title hints at, there was no temptation to the main character. Unless there is a second book, very little comes of her affection for the second character. The main character is your typical female in distress. She keep secrets that could harm others, and she easily risks her own safety when she is told how important she is the the fate of the whole world.I'm really sorry that I could not give this book a better review since I was given this book free, but it was just so shallow in plot and character development that I couldn't give it a passing review.
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well, I certainly expected more with this book than I got. I usually love angel stories and historical fiction, but this book fell flat for me on so many different levels. The writing was blah. That's the only way I know how to describe it. The opening scene is supposed to be intense and build suspense, I think, but it did nothing of the sort for me. I was yawning and thinking, "really? Can't we end scene and get to something interesting?" I didn't sympathize at all with Helen, and I didn't really like her or any of the other characters very much. The plot was predictable, but the mythology was a bit different. If you feel like you just can't miss an angel story, I recommend borrowing this book from your library to see if you like it first. I know some people really love this book, but I wasn't one of them. Every single character in Temptation of Angels was what I like to call a "cookie-cutter" character. They were all cliched and so two-dimensional that I felt like I was reading about cardboard cut outs instead of real, fleshed out characters. Helen also bores me to death. She just isn't interesting at all, and neither are her love interests. I wanted to smack Raum for being so negative, and I wanted to kick Griffin for being such a goody-goody. This book needed some originality when it came to characters. The plot was boring and predictable. The writing didn't help matters much. Everything felt forced, and nothing seemed natural. I just felt like Zink was trying way too hard to be eloquent, and because of that, she ended up being anything but. It took me awhile to read this book because I had to force myself to get through some of the overly long descriptions and the telling instead of showing during the supposed suspenseful scenes. The one original and bright spot in this novel was the mythology. It was quite different. However, the mythology is the one thing that wasn't overly explained, and I felt that it was barely touched on. I would have liked to have learned a lot more about the rules of the world I was reading about instead of what the world looked like, down to the last tree branch. There needed to be a ton of elaboration where the mythology was concerned. Overall, I didn't really enjoy this book, but that doesn't mean that you won't. Everyone has different tastes, and like I said, many people have enjoyed it so far. I'm a very picky reader, and I know what I like. This book, unfortunately, was not it. If you try it out, I hope you like it better than I did. The mythology has a lot of potential. I just feel that Zink needed to re-prioritize what she spends her time on when writing.
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: The plot of this stand-alone starts out fast on the first page and keeps moving quickly; tensions build around the secret descendants of angels and the stakes are high to the very end. Zink builds a convincing and mysterious world around historical London that will keep you turning the pages! Opening Sentence: Though it was late, it was not the sound of arguing that woke Helen in the dead of night. The Review: Within the first few pages, we¿re thrust into a whole new world along with Helen Cartwright. Quickly it¿s made clear that everything Helen knows, everything her parents taught her, was for a reason. For this moment when she¿d be on her own, running from her parent¿s murderer. Historical London is painted vividly before us as Helen runs away from the home she can never go back to, clutching a piece of paper from her mother telling her where to go. When Helen learns of the Dictata, a mysterious organization that has controlled the balance of good and evil since the beginning of the world, we find out about the world of Keepers¿the descendants of angels and guardians of the world. So what about the Legion¿to keep it simple they¿re demons, and they have a plot from hell to kill all the Keepers. The Keepers have always been in danger from the demons of the underworld, so why is it alarming that they¿re being hunted now? Because the demons are succeeding. Because of the twenty Keepers the Dictata has appointed Helen, Darius and Griffin are all that¿s left. They¿re being killed off too fast for the Dictata to risk appointing new ones. This time they¿re after a key that will unlock the Keeper¿s library with information on the past, present, and future. Whoever gets into the room can change the past and control the future¿or in the case of the demons, take over the mortal world. Helen is a strong, smart heroine who¿s thrown head first into a confusing world of magic and murder. Anyone who picks up this book will also find something special about Helen. Unlike so many heroines we read about, Helen has common sense, she is practical. These are ever elusive qualities in young adult heroines. She¿s a really great narrator; her perspective on the demons-versus-angels world she¿s living in really helps the plot¿s momentum.Now let¿s talk about Griffin and Raum. No, not a love triangle per say, though both are set up as love interests (kinda, sorta, not really). Griffin is one of the three remaining Keepers. He and his brother Darius find themselves responsible for Helen when she shows up, scared and filthy, at their front door. He takes her in, he trains her to fight with a sickle, and of course he¿s totally gorgeous. Griffin fights to protect her, he worries about her, but more than that he¿s incredibly well developed as a male lead. He has his own story, which happened before this story and is independent of Helen¿s. Their parents were murdered too. Darius and Griffin live in their parents¿ house, waiting for a time when they can get revenge on the Legion. Raum was once Helen¿s friend. He suffered nobly through her tea parties when she was little, but she grew up without him as a friend. Her parents stopped being friends with his parents, and eventually she forgot about him. But now Raum is back, and Helen is torn between the Channing brothers and the memory of the boy who played with her in her mother¿s garden. Zink explains Griffin¿s love for his brother, as well as his behavior around Helen and exactly what kind of man he is. Though charming and sweet, Zink doesn¿t try to make him perfect¿and flawed characters are so much better. Darius is not like his brother. He¿s surly and hard to please. But he puts family first, and you can tell he takes the responsibilities his parents left him seriously. One of my favorite things about this book is that it doesn¿t lay everything out in front of you. It¿s not like ¿Hey, here¿s the mystery and here are some clues!¿ but takes the reader on
allureofbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I ended up being disappointed in this one overall - although it was a quick read and I read it over the course of just a few hours.The characterization was totally lacking. I didn't connect with anyone. In fact, I don't think I even liked Helen. She was far too stubborn. There is a line between being determined and capable and then being too stubborn to know whether you can help in a given situation - and she crossed it.The plot is what kept this book from being a total flop. It was completely engaging and well thought out! If only the characters had measured up, this could have been a fantastic read.
novelgoddess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
16 year old Helen Cartwright¿s parents wake her in the middle of the night to shove her in a secret chamber and tell her to open the door in front of her and follow the tunnel to it¿s end then go to the address on a piece of paper that¿s been shoved in her hand.Helen does as she¿s told while her home burns around her. She finds herself by the Claridge Hotel and the makes her way to the address she was given. At that address she finds out she is part-angel and one of 3 ¿keepers¿ left to guard the Earth from demons and their influence.That¿s how ¿A Temptation of Angels¿ starts out. It grabs you totally and doesn¿t let you go until the ride, er, book is over. If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare and her Mortal Instruments series, I think it¿s safe to say that you will love this one as well.The world of ¿Angels¿ feels like a ¿steampunk¿ Edwardian era, set in London. We learn the lore behind the keepers, as well as the Dictata (governing council for the Keepers), and the Syndicate which is a group of men hell bent on taking over the world. And we meet the players.There is the smart Helen, whose upbringing was tailored to the skills she would need as a keeper, even though she knew nothing of her heritage. There is Darius, an older snarkier, young man who is also one of the remaining keepers. Griffin, the slightly younger brother of Darius who is sweet, smart, and strong, but allows Darius to think he is in charge. There is Anna, the equally smart daughter of Galizur, in line to take over for him when the time comes. Galizur the keeper¿s wrangler, maker of weapons and emissary between the keepers and the Dictata. And the Dictata, the celestial group who rules the keepers.Now that we know the players and the playing field I am really hoping this is just the first in a series. This story could stand alone, but I hope it doesn¿t. And Michelle Zink, left some very interesting possibilities open for story continuation. Please Ms. Zink¿continue the story!!!
elizardkwik on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The premise and characters in the book were somewhat unique and interesting, but the writing, interaction, and ease of predictability were disappointing. I was expecting more based on the Prophecy of the Sisters, but did not find the same excitement, quality, and memorability from this title. That being said, fans of the "naive 16-yr-old girl loses parents, meets strange boys who show her secrets of the new world she finds herself in, battles evil, and falls in love" story who are not looking for high literary quality might enjoy this book. Similiar to Girl in the Steel Corset --liked the setting and steampunk qualities.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems like angel-themed books are either hit or miss. There are books like Angelfire and Angel Burn that I will sell my first-born child for; and then there is Halo and hush, hush where I am left unimpressed. I am sad to say that A Temptation Of Angels falls in the latter category. Helen frustrated me to no end. I think it was mostly because her voice sounded younger than what I normally find in other YA titles, so she seemed far from ready to shoulder the responsibilities of saving the world. While the love triangle showed potential, it lacked the tension to suck me into Helen¿s dilemma of choosing between two boys. I hope that A Temptation Of Angels is only the beginning of a series, but the next book better bring on more kicking of demonic butt and turn up the heat in the romance department ¿ otherwise, I do not think this series is for me.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is official. I want to crawl into Ms. Zinks head and look at all of the wonderful ideas she has. Did I mention that I love this author? This book is sooo good. It's like eating a delicious red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting that I just have to lick off my fingers!! Too much? Nah, this book is sweeet!Why do I love this book as much as I love cake? First the plot. I like that the main character is oblivious to what she is. It has been kept a secret from her. She is totally unaware of what is going on around her. I do like that when she knows, she grows. I also adored how feisty she got. She snapped. She fought. And most of all, she didn't give up. That is my type of gal. What I also loved in the love interest. (FYI: There is no love triangle yet, but one is forming) I loved that the love interest comes from two different lives of Helen. One from her past and now her future. Both guys are great for her. And of course both guys are HOT! Did I mention that Ms. Zink always created such nice, honorable hotties? YUP!Final verdict? Read it! I loved every moment of this book. Plot pacing is good. Every secret of Helen's past is revealed and it's so addicting!!! A Temptation of Angels is the start of a great series!
bellabrax on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved "Prophecy of the Sisters" so when I heard about this new book I had to have it! It was as good as I thought it would be. The Victorian Era was intriguing to me and there was just the right amount of romance. The only negative I can think of is the fact that there weren't any references to God or even the explanation of the falling. I still loved it and the action really made up for the lack of back story.
yabotd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink is an interesting book. With all the angel books out there lately, I found this one to be quite different. Between the time period, setting, and unusual mythology, A Temptation of Angels is not your average angel book.I can't recall a specific time period being mentioned, but the overall feel and references used point to a historical setting. This book definitely has a historical feel to it, but is not encumbered with long descriptions or details of the setting like many historical books are. The historical feel comes more from the settings, actions of the characters, and the pacing. I found the pacing to be a little slower than other books, but it was very steady. Usually a slow pace bothers me, but it didn't bother me with this book, particularly after the first fifty pages or so.The mythology of the angels was interesting, but I'm not sure I completely understood all of it. There is the Dictata, the Keepers, the Alliance, the Legion, etc., and I couldn't keep it all straight as I read. It wasn't overly complicated; instead, I felt as if each faction was barely touched upon. A sentence each to explain the groupings, then they were referenced without further information. Now, I'll fully admit I was sick when I read this, so maybe my brain was a little too cloudy to put it all together.My favorite aspect of the book was the relationships (surprised?). There are some complex relationships and there is also a little romance. In a world where the bad guy always gets the girl and the good guy is left out, I was pleased to read that Helen was attracted to the nice Channing brother, Griffin. In fact, Darius was never even considered. (Yay!) Don't get me wrong, I like Darius as a character and readers will come to see that there's more to him than initially meets the eye, but I liked that the nice guy was the only brother vying for Helen's attention. Now, that's not to say there isn't any other romantic interest...it just doesn't come from Darius Channing.I'm not entirely certain A Temptation of Angels will have sequels, but it seems appropriate for there to be more books. I'd definitely be interested in reading them, but there was no major cliffhanger ending (thank goodness!).Final thoughts: Borrow.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michelle Zink (Prophecy of the Sisters Series) continues to write beautiful, tantalizing novels. Her latest; A Temptation of Angels is a wicked combination of Angels, a Strong female protag, and Historical Fiction that you won't be able to put it down. You'll love Helen Cartwright!Helen has good head on her shoulders, she doesn¿t fall head over heels for a guy or let it clutter up her thoughts. She¿s a girl on a mission. I¿m just gonna say it, she is AWESOME! Loved her bravery and tenacity. She¿s up there with the other fierce leading ladies. There is a guy...well three! Griffin and his brother Darius. Think of them as Sam and Dean from The TV show Supernatural.They¿re just as clever and tough as them. But then we have Raum, who I¿m kind of on the fence about, his intentions aren¿t clear but actions speak louder then words and he¿s is good in my book(for now.) I really liked Zink¿s secondary characters as well, Anna. Which I¿m sure there¿s something going on between her and Darius. There¿s more to their story and I dying to know!I¿ve always loved Zink¿s writing and story telling. She never disappoints, with A Temptation of Angels I was totally surprised and blown away. The plot is exhilarating, fulled with dynamic characters and an intriguing new world. The awesome-ness will appeal to teens across the board, I¿m sure of it. The 1st book in a riveting new series, introducing the strong heroine Helen Cartwright, which will satisfy teens looking for action, romance and adventure. It's addicting!
usagijihen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, guys. THIS BOOK. It was just...ugh, I almost have no words for how much I loved "A Temptation of Angels". Even though I also loved the "Prophecy of the Sisters" trilogy, "Angels" just shows how far Zink has come as an author since her debut in 2009. This story is one tight, fast-paced thrill ride of a book, with angels, demons, romance, awesome technology, and mystery that will keep you reading until the end.I get the feeling that this book is a standalone (though this hasn't been confirmed yet), because it reads like one. That alone is really refreshing. The story feels finished by the last page, and pretty much nothing is lacking throughout the entire story - the characters are entirely developed, there were no characters that were useless or made me question why they were there in the first place, and there was tension on more or less every single page. That's incredibly hard to do (all of that) on individual terms when writing a book, but to manage to get all of that right in one book is pretty awesome. It only shows how far Zink has come as a writer, both in world-building and in technical areas, since her debut. The only question lingering I had was about the full development of Raum's character, but the backstory given later in the book, though not quite enough to my taste, along with the action on pretty much every single page more than made up for that, as he wasn't really a huge part of the plot until the very end. Even then, he was more woven into the ending than stood out as an individual character. More of a means to an end rather than a separate person. Which totally fine with me -- the approach taken to character building this way, whether conscious or not on Zink's part -- was new and awesome, and I can only hope other authors can be as brave when trying this out.Otherwise? Loved it. All of it. It's that awesome. If I could give this more than five stars, I would. Definitely on my brand shiny new best of 2012 list. If you're a fan of historical paranormal fiction or just want something new to try, period, go for "A Temptation of Angels". It hits bookshelves in North America in March, 2012 (other places, ask your local bookseller). It'll be worth the wait, guys. I promise.(posted to goodreads, shelfari, librarything, and witchoftheatregoing.wordpress.com)
themusescircle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would have to agree with MargK, a previous early reviewer of Michelle Zink's A Temptation of Angels. The list of positive things about this book is very short. Here are a few of the positives:1)Like MargK mentioned in her earlier review, the author has a certain simple elegance to her writing, therefore it was easy to read.2)I liked that the story took place in London (Despite this, I had major issues with the setting¿or lack thereof which I will get to shortly)3)Even though I agree that the author doesn¿t really give us any new dimensions to her characters or the love triangle (we¿ve read it all before), I will say that she did a good job at building the sexual tension and romantic moments between Helen and Griffin.Sadly, this is where the positives end. I don¿t want to make this a long, drawn out review nor do I want to repeat the negatives that other reviewers have pointed out, so I am going to stick to my 3 main issues with this book.1.The setting. Like I said above, I was looking forward to reading this book partly because it was supposed to take place in London. The reason I enjoy reading books with settings around the globe should be obvious¿it¿s a way to learn about a country or time period without having to do extensive research (unless you want to). I think that is one of the important jobs an author has to do¿transport you to that time and place, make you feel like you are there. Unfortunately, this does not happen in A Temptation of Angels. The author does not give us any specific dates (not always necessary) or landmarks, or historical references. Helen and the Channing brothers seem to walk everywhere¿there is no mention of horses or cars¿nothing that could help me get a better sense of what type of London the story takes place in. The only thing that finally gave me an idea where to place the story is when it is revealed that Helen wears corsets and that it is not proper etiquette for a young lady to be walking the streets alone, or to be living with young bachelors that are not her family. This of course is a big contradiction in the book. I¿m not even going to go there since MargK¿s review gets into detail the major contradictions of the mysterious and supposedly powerful organization called the Dictata.2.My other major problem with this book is this: the book is supposed to be about angels. Other then Helen and the Channing brothers being able to ¿jump¿ through light (as in being able to dissolve their bodies into tiny molecules through light in order to transport to other places), nothing else is explored as far as their abilities. What else can they do? Hell, if they are angels, aren¿t they supposed to have wings? Not once are wings mentioned. 3.Lastly, this book is riddled with parts that are unbelievable, unnecessary, or just plain didn¿t make sense. The author spends too much time on parts that could be simplified in a page or two while she does not give enough attention to things such as ¿Enlightenment¿ for example. What does it mean when one reaches ¿Enlightenment¿? This term was mentioned several times in the beginning of the book but was never explored. What happened to Darius¿ face? How did he get the scar? I also think that her reaction AND the outcome of the whole dart/dog situation was completely ridiculous. I don¿t want to give it away since it would be a major spoiler, but it was a very poor plot device.To sum it up, the book had an interesting premise but the execution fell flat. For lack of a better way to say this, I was bored. Unless the finished product differs greatly from the ARC I just read, I don¿t see this book making any great waves in the YA literature world.